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The links provided below are a convenient source of information related to a variety
of teaching techniques and issues. Feel free to contact our office with additional
questions or suggestions.
The Authentic Assessment Toolbox
is a how-to text on creating authentic
tasks, rubrics and standards for measuring and improving student learning. We do
not just want students to know the content of the disciplines when they graduate.
We, of course, want them to be able to use the acquired knowledge and skills in
the real world. So, our assessments have to also tell us if students can apply what
they have learned in authentic situations. If we want to know if our students can
interpret literature, calculate potential savings on sale items, test a hypothesis,
develop a fitness plan, converse in a foreign language, or apply other knowledge
and skills they have learned, then authentic assessments will provide the most direct
Case Study Teaching
The aim of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science is to promote
the development and dissemination of innovative materials and sound educational
practices for case teaching in the sciences. Our website provides access to an award-winning
library of case materials and we offer a variety of opportunities, including a five-day
summer workshop and two-day fall conference, for science faculty to receive training
in the method. Our work has been supported over the years by the National Science
Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the U.S. Department of Education.
"How can I get my students to think?" is a question asked by many faculty, regardless
of their disciplines. Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that
challenges students to "learn to learn," working cooperatively in groups to seek
solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students' curiosity
and initiate learning the subject matter. PBL prepares students to think critically
and analytically, and to find and use appropriate learning resources. This site
at University of Delaware offers sample PBL problems, lists of conferences and other
web resources, a bibliography of articles and books, etc.
Want to make exemplary rubrics in a short amount of time? Try out RubiStar! Registered
users can save and edit rubrics online. You can access them from home, school, or
on the road. Registration and use of this tool is free, so click the Register link
in the login area to the right to get started now.